Going PLACES | Reflections from Vermont: What can philanthropy do better?

BY Jennifer Pereira, PLACES Fellow Arriving in Burlington, Vt., after a five-hour car ride from Rhode Island, I was struck by the beauty of the landscape: the sun shining on Lake Champlain, surrounded by mountains. I was in Vermont for the first of three site visits as one of sixteen PLACES Fellows. PLACES is designed for participants to use learning, coaching and reflections onsite to explore…

Going PLACES: What Are You Giving To Communities As A Healer?

By Gabrielle Sims, Project Associate, Shah Family Foundation   Going PLACES is an occasional blog series featuring the voices and experiences of TFN’s PLACES Fellows. For more information on the fellowship, and to read past blog posts from our fellows, visit here. El Paso was the city that I was most excited to visit over the course of my PLACES journey. Before the visit, I…

Going PLACES: Small Incremental Change is Systems Change

By Sara Levine, Quality Schools Program Officer, The Rogers Family Foundation Going PLACES is an occasional blog series featuring the voices and experiences of TFN’s PLACES Fellows. For more information on the fellowship, and to read past blog posts from our fellows, visit here. El Paso appears like a man-made island surrounded by the vast emptiness of the west Texas desert,…

Going PLACES: Pride, gratitude and Hope in El Paso

By Denise Herrera, PhD, Senior Capacity Building Officer, St. David’s Foundation and PLACES 2019 Fellow Going PLACES is an occasional blog series featuring the voices and experiences of TFN’s PLACES Fellows. For more information on the fellowship, and to read past blog posts from our fellows, visit here. I grew up three and a half hours north of El Paso, so I was excited to…

Going PLACES: Generational Trauma Across Indigenous Communities

By Jonathan Cunningham, Program Officer, Seattle Foundation Going PLACES is an occasional blog series featuring the voices and experiences of TFN’s PLACES Fellows. For more information on the fellowship, and to read past blog posts from our fellows, visit here. Growing up and reading about the atrocities the United States government committed against Native American tribes in the past,…

Going PLACES: Rise Above

By Steven Higashide, TransitCenter Going PLACES is an occasional blog series featuring the voices and experiences of TFN’s PLACES Fellows. For more information on the fellowship, and to read past blog posts from our fellows, visit here. Our first order of business when we arrive in North Dakota for our most recent site visit as PLACES fellows, a red state and the 50th most travelled to…

Going PLACES: A Moment In Your Day

By Michelle Morris, Director of Community Philanthropy, Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation Take a moment from the demands of your beckoning calendar to consider this with me: Visualize yourself with your family and friends enjoying the places you feel most connected with and doing the things that make you happy and fulfilled. Pause while the sights, sounds and smells bring you a…

Going PLACES: What the Newark Rebellion can teach us about Philanthropy

By Grace Chung, PLACES Fellow and Senior Community Development Officer, LISC New York City Going PLACES is an occasional blog series featuring the voices and experiences of TFN’s PLACES Fellows. For more information on the fellowship, and to read past blog posts from our fellows, visit here. When I got off the PATH station at Harrison, a suburb of Newark, I arrived in an almost…

Going PLACES: The tools we use and the truths we seek

By Dominic Braham, PLACES Fellow and Assistant Program Officer for LISC Phoenix Going PLACES is an occasional blog series featuring the voices and experiences of TFN's PLACES Fellows. For more information on the fellowship, and to read past blog posts from our fellows, visit here. The inequities in workplace, community development and philanthropy are very real to many, including…